OK, I will let the kindergarten discussion rest for a bit. But I do thank those of you who’ve shared your experiences with us. It has been extremely useful to hear about the decision you each made, how you reached that decision and what the consequences were.

But now, it’s time to focus on the most important — and much more fun — event of March (besides the much-awaited arrival of spring!): St. Baldrick’s!

Two weeks from today, Mark will be shaving his head at A.J. Rocco’s (816 Huron Rd) along with 92 other shavees, including more than a dozen women (better them than me, that’s for sure). If you’re able to get off work early or have someone to watch your kids, we’d love to have as many of you as possible join us that afternoon.  Shaving starts around 3, following the end of the parade.  Some children do attend that event, but it is definitely a crowded bar experience on a very drunken day, so plan accordingly.

The boys are shaving their heads the following Sunday, March 20 at the Greenville Inn in Chagrin Falls (7150 Pine St). They are scheduled at 3pm if you are able to come and cheer them on (this one is definitely more family-oriented). They are both excited and a little bit nervous, so friendly faces might help.

And, of course, it’s not too late to give. So far, you’ve all done a beautiful job of keeping Braedan and Austin‘s donations perfectly even (an extra thank you for that).  I know you’ve all been very generous in the past so I hate to make too hard a sell but I cannot say enough good things about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They give more money to pediatric cancer research than any other organization in the country besides the federal government. Research that is absolutely vital to saving the lives of our youngest patients and to helping them live those lives with the fewest long-term complications. Just think of how different his process would have been for us, so far and into the future, if Austin’s cancer had been the only thing we’d needed to worry about. More research is critical.

So, again, I thank you on behalf of all my soon-to-be bald boys. Oh, and by the way, who’s brave enough to join Team Austin???